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Freedom of Religion; Two cultures, same house

Posted August 22, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu

Staff Sgt. Asad Abdul Muhammad, 355th Fighter Wing protocol specialist, has just finished partaking in Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours abstaining from food, drink and other physical needs during the daylight hours, it is a time…

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Officials strive to protect MWR programs

Posted August 22, 2013 by Donna Miles

WASHINGTON – Committed to preserving quality-of-life offerings despite ever-tighter budgets, military morale, welfare and recreation officials are scaling back in some areas as they introduce innovative approaches to delivering services and programs. Military fitness centers, swimming pools, lodging facilities and outdoor recreation offices might sound to some like a footnote among competing budget requirements. But Ed Miles,…

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Child & Adult Care Food Program Public Release FY 2014

Posted August 15, 2013 by

The Family Child Care office here announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Any person that believes he or she has been discriminated against…

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Servicemembers must follow local vehicle emissions standards

Posted August 15, 2013 by Benjamin Newell

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – Airmen with vehicles registered out-of-state are still subject to local emissions standards, according to the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act Amendments. Even with authorization to maintain out-of-state registration under the provisions of the Service members Civil Relief Act, local inspection and testing of a vehicle’s emissions system may be required in…

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White House launches contest for best money-saving idea

Posted August 8, 2013 by

White House launches contest for best money-saving idea WASHINGTON (AFNS) — White House officials launched the 2013 President’s SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) Award contest July 31. The annual contest encourages federal employees to submit ideas for innovative ways to reduce spending, save taxpayer dollars, and create a more efficient and effective government. The winner…

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‘Good debt’ can bolster earning potential, official says

Posted August 8, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Establishing “good debt” can be valuable for future earning potential, particularly in today’s challenging economy, a Defense Department official advised here recently. Obtaining a student loan for a college education or a higher degree to pursue a professional career is an example of good debt for service members and their families when…

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No more redundant inspections: AF implements new system

Posted August 1, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force recently implemented a new inspection system, aimed at giving more power to wing commanders. With the signing of Program Action Directive 13-01, Air Force inspection system Implementation Tiger Team transitions from the planning phase to the execution phase. The program, which was beta tested by United States Air Forces in Europe-Air…

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Academy ranks among US top colleges

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) – The U.S. Air Force Academy is ranked today as one of the top universities in the nation with the latest rankings from Forbes. Forbes released its annual best college rankings July 24, listing the Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. The U.S. Military Academy ranked 7th and…

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Commanders should retain prosecution authority, leaders say

Posted July 25, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – The nation’s top military leaders told senators today that commanders should retain responsibility for prosecuting service members accused of sexual assault. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that taking that…

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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

Posted July 25, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force’s most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases. According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG’s victim issues and policy branch, both…

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